Point Of View
When we get into a hot fight over something, you can bet that our opponent has a different point of view than we do. For example, the arguments you might have today over what’s happening in Washington, D.C. We all care so deeply for our country and politics is such an explosive subject that it's tough to lay aside our perspective for the sake of understanding another so that we can even hear what our opponent is saying.
The majority determines who gets to live out their point of view in the White House, but I'm concerned about a subject that's even far more important than who controls the White House. Will we open ourselves to Jesus’ point of view toward the Jewish Scriptures?
After presenting the resurrected Jesus eating a piece of grilled fish before His disciples so that they could testify that He actually did rise bodily from the grave, Luke next presents Jesus' further discussion. Here Jesus tells us His point of view exposing the central plot of Genesis through Malachi.
"Then Jesus said to them, 'These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you. I told you that it was necessary for me to fulfill all the things written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.' Then he opened their minds to understand the Sacred Writings. He said, 'It stands written in the Jewish Scriptures that the Messiah would suffer and that he would be raised from the dead the third day, and that the need for a change of mind and heart that leads to the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed to all ethnic groups beginning from Jerusalem." Luke 24:44-48
Jesus claims that long before he was born in Bethlehem, His own Jewish people held in their hands the Story that climaxed in the Messiah’s sacrificial death, then resurrection, and the proclamation of forgiveness to the entire world.
My challenge is for all of us to lay aside our own ideas and beginning in Genesis with “In the beginning” we read all the way through to Malachi asking if Jesus is right in His point of view toward God’s Story.
LORD, whether it's my students today at Southern Bible or during a heated debate with a friend, I see how tough it is to humble myself, lay aside my own point of view, and listen so that I can understand another. Therefore, I ask Your Spirit to open my mind, heart, and will to Your point of view in the text of Scripture today and to be changed by it.
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